As the temperatures rise, we become increasingly more dependent on our car’s air conditioning system to keep on cool, from our drive to work to our vacation adventures. Nothing will ruin a summer road trip faster than cranking up the air and realizing something is broken! Before it gets to that point, remember that your car’s a/c needs regular maintenance too. Help keep your air system in good shape with these tips:
Run Your System Regularly
Even when it’s not unbearably hot inside your car, make sure to run the a/c system for a few minutes each week. Turn the temperature to the lowest setting and the fans to high. This helps keep the system parts well lubricated and help make sure your parts are working properly. It can also help you detect an issue before you hit prime a/c weather.
Check Your Filters
Your cabin a/c filter catches the dirt and debris that could clog your vehicle’s air conditioning system. Even though it’s doing it’s job, when that debris builds up, it slows down air in the system and limits how cool the air can get. It’s recommended you filters should be replaced every 12,000-15,000 miles. Make sure to get your filters checked during your car’s regular maintenance.
Minimize The Workload
Once your air conditioning has been running for a bit, switch your setting to the recirculation mode. On this setting, your system is using the already cool air in your car, instead of the hot air from outside. This way, your system won’t have to work as hard to cool the air in the cabin.
Have Your System Checked
It may be difficult for you to notice small leaks or cracks in your system. Make sure to have it checked by a professional technicians (they know exactly what to look for). If refrigerant is leaking or moving through the system incorrectly, you won’t be getting the most out of your a/c system.
Make sure to have your condenser checked and cleaned as well. Technicians are able to evaluate if any parts are loose or broken and make sure your condenser is working at it’s best. Also, cleaning will help optimize airflow.
If you notice your A/C isn’t as cool as you remember, or your fans aren’t blowing as hard as you’d like, come in for an A/C system inspection. From low fluid levels to leaks or failure, technicians will be able to find the root of the problem and get you back on the road, fast. Schedule your appointment online!